All the lessons are laid out in the following order:
Introduction or review of the previous week: This is critical because there are applications, memory verses and responses that need follow-up. Review of and accountability for these issues will help determine how effective this tool is in reality.
In the introduction, the lesson starts with an open discussion about the week’s theme.
This is an important time for the group to speak openly. It may be a good idea to answer the introduction questions yourself at times to get the discussion going.
This section helps the group engage with the Bible on the theme. Every lesson is based on a story and teaching from the life of Christ to see how he dealt with the subject. During this study there will be 3-4 key truths highlighted for the student.
Have someone in the group read the verses in their native language before diving into the questions. Be sure to summarize each answer by reading the additional comments located after the space for the answer.
This is the application section which has concrete questions that help make it real for the student and apply these truths to their lives.
Help the students make the application for themselves. Have them commit to one or more of the activities planned for the week ahead to “make it real.
Here we have real people’s stories on videos where we see fellow Christians from Eastern and Central Europe speaking about how God relates to them and how this theme affects their lives. These can be accessed by simply playing the DVD and selecting a story that matches the theme for the week. There are 1-2 stories for every lesson.
Getting the students’ feedback on each video is important. Most lessons have a girl and a guy in separate videos. In general we suggest that the girls watch the girl video and the guys watch the guy video, but if there is time to watch both videos, go for it!
Finally, along with a summary memory verse, there are verses and questions that should continue to help the students experience this truth daily during the following week.
It is important that the students memorize the summary verse for each week in their respective language. You can also do this with them.
It may be helpful for the students to have a journal to write out their thoughts on the verses as they go through Elements.
As always, students will be more likely to complete the practical work if they know someone will be asking them about it again. So, in the first lesson, it would be helpful to talk about how these applications will be followed up.